Draw out your diagrams, doodles, ideas, illustrations, and more with the Sketch tool in Notes.

Notes isn't just for typing any more. On iPhone and iPad, you can now add sketches — separate squares that you draw into with your finger, stylus or, on iPad Pro, with an Apple Pencil. It's a great way to add multi-color, multi-pen diagrams, illustrations, and art to your notes. There's even a ruler to keep all your lines straight!

How to find the sketch pad in Notes for iPhone and iPad

Let's look how to find the sketching options in Notes. We'll start from scratch with a new note:

  1. Launch Notes from your Home screen.
  2. Tap the New Note button in the bottom right corner.
  3. Tap on the white space to bring up the keyboard.
  4. Tap the grey circle with the plus sign to show the toolbar.
  5. Tap the the Sketch button, which looks like a squiggly line.

How to use the sketch pad for Notes on iPhone and iPad

On the top row, from left to right, you've got undo and redo buttons, rotate counter-clockwise, and the share button. But it's the bottom row where the real fun begins, with the pen, marker/highlighter, pencil, ruler, eraser and color picker tools.

Pen, Marker and pencil tools

  1. Select the drawing tool you want to draw with.
  2. Use your finger or stylus to draw on the sketchpad.

With the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, 3D Touch allows you to control the stroke with the pressure of your touch. If you're using an older iPhone, the stroke will only be affected by your drawing speed, with a quick swipe with the pen tool will create a thin line, while a quick swipe with the pencil will create a thinner, lighter stroke.

The marker tool doesn't appear to be affected by drawing speed, but you can layer your marker strokes to achieve a richer, fuller color.

How to select colors in Notes sketch pad for iPhone and iPad

  1. Tap the Color Selector tool, located next to the eraser.
  2. Swipe left through the three pages of color options

How to use the ruler tool in Notes sketch pad for iPhone and iPad

  1. Tap the ruler tool from the bottom tool bar to bring up the ruler.
  2. Use one finger to move the ruler around the screen
  3. Use two fingers to rotate/move the ruler. You will see the exact ruler angle in the centre of the ruler
  4. With the straight edge set, select your drawing tool.
  5. Swipe along the edge of the ruler to draw. Once you're locked on to the ruler's edge you can swipe anywhere on the screen and it will continue to draw along that point on the ruled line.

How to share your sketches from Notes on iPhone and iPad

So you've created a masterpiece in Notes, and now you want to share it with friends and family. Of course it's easy to do so.

  1. Tap on your Sketch so that you're in editing mode.
  2. Tap the Share icon at the top right corner of the screen.
  3. Tap the icon of the service you want to share to, or tap the icon of the action you want to perform.

On the top row of icons, you'll see share the available share options. Swipe left and tap More to see other compatible apps on your phone. The bottom row include the available action extensions. For more information on how to use and customize action extensions:

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